Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC, submitted by bowkota

Google back in 2005:

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.

Google today:

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

And people wonder why I have zero trust in companies.

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RE: Sooo...
by bentoo on Thu 24th Oct 2013 19:49 UTC in reply to "Sooo..."
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....exactly how do you expect Google to pay their employees and the costs of all their datacenters and R&D projects etc etc? You don't pay jack for their service so what is there to complain about if there are a few ads?

Wrong. If you pay taxes in most of the free world you pay for Google's services. Google as a company has a long history of taking tax breaks and subsidies from local governments then moving their revenues into off-shore tax shelters. Note this isn't a Google specific problem but we are paying.

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RE[2]: Sooo...
by Soulbender on Fri 25th Oct 2013 08:54 in reply to "RE: Sooo..."
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That's not the point and you know it. By that logic I should be given an iPhone and a Surface Pro and pretty much any damn product for free because "I have already paid for it".

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RE[3]: Sooo...
by bentoo on Fri 25th Oct 2013 15:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Sooo..."
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Your quote:

You don't pay jack for their service...

Which is fundamentally wrong so I corrected it -- Nobody ever said anything about getting free iPhones. Fact is if you pay tax, especially true in the US, some of your money goes to Google, Apple, HP, Microsoft, etc. in the form of tax breaks and subsidies. Sad but true.

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RE[3]: Sooo...
by Alfman on Fri 25th Oct 2013 16:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Sooo..."
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I don't know if that comment was a tad sarcastic, I wouldn't want google to provide free services in return for it's tax subsidies, instead I'd be a bigger proponent of having google paying it back. Whichever country they're operating from, they seem to be evading taxes and only paying a fraction of their share.

It extends beyond income taxes too. It's quite bewildering that for years they have been beneficiaries of government benefits that aren't offered to "normal" businesses.

Google Jet Fleet Loses a Pentagon Fuel Perk

Google Tax Break Approved SC Data Center

Is anyone where of any others? I'm truly curious just how far this government favoritism goes around the world in order to make exceptions in taxation for google?

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